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by Adura Onashile

in association with Iron-Oxide

inspired by ‘The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks’
by Rebecca Skloot

‘...a shocking slice of shamefully hidden history ... theatrically bold in the telling, with Onashile's heart-rending performance at its centre’

The Herald Read the full review here...

Hela, Iron Oxide

In 1951 Henrietta Lacks walked into the coloured section of the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore with a pain in her abdomen. A biopsy revealed a cancer that would kill her just months later. A cell sample taken without her permission was used as the raw material for some of the most important scientific discoveries of the past 100 years.

This solo show by Adura Onashile takes as its inspiration the true life story of Henrietta Lacks and the extraordinary life of the HeLa cell line. HeLa is an all consuming story, that spans race and poverty in 1950’s America, genetic identity, social responsibility and current ethical debates about human tissue research and ownership...

Through the integration of sound, film, movement and text, the piece will dramatize the scientific milestones around cell biology, cloning and the search for a cure for cancer. Hela brings together an exciting mixture of emerging talent and experienced artists in a unique collaboration. Adura Onashile is a charismatic performer who has worked with companies such as the Young Vic Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Arcola Theatre, National Theatre (London), Royal Shakespeare Company and Traverse Theatre. She is best known in Scotland for her role in the multi-award winning ROADKILL by Cora Bissett, the hit of the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010.

HeLa is part of Made in Scotland 2013

Dates: 2nd - 26th August (Not 7th or 20th)
Time: 18.30 - 19.30
Venue: Summerhall - Anatomy Room, 1 Summerhall Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
£9 (£7 Concession)
Box Office:
0845 874 3001

Performed by:                                                                             Adura Onashile   
Directed by:                                                                                Graham Eatough   
Produced by:                                                                              Iron-Oxide   
Dramaturge:                                                                               Graham Eatough   
Choreography:                                                                           Rosina Bonsu   
Set & Costume Design:                                                               Becky Minto   
Costume Maker:                                                                          Christine Dove 
Lighting Design:                                                                          Simon Wilkinson   
Sound Design & Composition (EdFringe Performance):             Danny Krass   
Sound Design & Composition (EdFringe Performance):             Ben Seal   
Animation & Film:                                                                        Mettje Hunneman   
Technical Stage Manager:                                                          Laura Hawkins   
Stage Manager (In rehearsals):                                                  Sarah Scarlett 
Marketing & PR:                                                                         Teri Laing   
Graphic Design:                                                                          Vickers Creative    
Production Photography:                                                             Douglas Robertson   

Originally commissioned from Iron-Oxide by the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Special thanks to the National Theatre of Scotland.

Digi-Bhang Live

With Tigerstyle & Guests

in association with Iron-Oxide

There are Asian communities in almost every corner of the world and though Asian fusion is not a new idea, Digi-BhangBhangra music, what it is, where it came from and its potential future.

Bhangra was originally a dance, performed to traditional Punjab folk music, to celebrate the harvest. At this point the music (folk) and the dance (Bhangra) were separate entities. In the 1950s, a new folk dance style emerged from India. This superseded the old style and took the title of Bhangra. By the 1990s, a still newer style of dance was being staged in the Punjabi Diaspora, often characterised by a fusion with Western dance styles and pre-recorded audio mixes. This newer dance style took the Bhangra name and the music and the dance became one. Today, Bhangra music exists in different forms and styles all over the globe.

As Bhangra music has grown in popularity with international audiences some believe the sound has become generic and stale. Bhangra is at the mercy of its biggest foes; similarity and repetition - In leading Digi-Bang Live, DJ/Music Production outfit Tigerstyle are looking to break the mould and create something extraordinary. With collaborating artists and musicians from both Asian and Scottish backgrounds, featuring electronic and traditional elements, Digi-Bhang Live promises to be a welcome assault on the senses for fans of all genres.

As part of the first ever Made in Scotland Music award, Digi-Bhang Live is part of Made in Scotland 2013

Date: Friday 16th August
22.30 - 02.00
Assembly Rooms - Main Hall, 54 George Street, EH2 2LR
Box Office:   T: 0844 693 3008
£12 (£10 conc.)